Corus International
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  • Bamako, MLI
  • Regular Full -Time
  • WestAfricaHaiti

Deputy Chief of Party/Technical Director - Mali Health Financing

Lutheran World Relief (LWR), part of the Corus International family of organizations, is seeking a Deputy Chief of Party/Technical Director to help lead an anticipated USAID-funded health financing activity in Mali. The five-year activity will provide technical and financial support to equip selected farmer organizations with health mutuals and improve health prevention and care among farmers and their extended families in Mali.

Corus International is an ensemble of organizations working together in the world's most fragile settings to deliver the holistic, lasting solutions needed to overcome the interconnected challenges of poverty, health care access, and climate change. Formed through the strategic merger of Lutheran World Relief and IMA World Health (and now including the smaller entities of Charlie Goldsmith Associates, Ground Up Investing, and Farmers Market Coffee), Corus International works in over 20 countries in Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America, with a primary focus on health, livelihoods, and emergency response.

Summary of the position

The Deputy Chief of Party/Technical Director (DCOP/Tech Director) will lead implementation in all provinces/districts targeted by the project and will work closely with regional and district Ministry of Health (MOH) counterparts to set priorities. S/he provides leadership and management support to regional, district level project staff and ensures they are working in a coordinated, rational, and integrated way in the pursuit of project deliverables. The DCOP/Tech Director actively participates in regional, district, and national levels strengthening of health systems financing policy and strategy discussions, including planning and progress review with other stakeholders, as appropriate. S/he also will provide methodological support and facilitation in the design, content development/adaptation, and delivery of effective learning strategies to positively impact performance. Finally, s/he also will lead the team in synthesizing learning from the project for dissemination of results. Serve as Acting Chief of Party when necessary.

The DCOP/Tech Director position will be based in Bamako, Mali, and will report to the Chief of Party. Actual hiring is contingent upon successful Activity award and USAID approval.

Nationals of Mali are highly encouraged to apply.


  • Undertake mapping and assessment of current health system financing functions, constraints, and interventions
  • Provide advice to regional and district level MOH personnel and facilities on financing constraints and options for achieving performance improvement and proposed interventions that may impact the systems
  • Coordinate implementation of activities at the national, regional and district levels, including ensuring that necessary project planning, development, resource availability, procurement, and management activities function smoothly and efficiently
  • Work with national, regional, and district MOH personnel to create action plans for implementation of project activities and tools for monitoring performance; to refine policies and accountability tools for health financing; and to advise on human resources allocation, training, and deployment
  • Provide ad hoc training and mentoring, including conducting site visits to support technical teams addressing health financing issues
  • Work collaboratively with project team and headquarters staff to assure proper technical reporting, spending, and compliance
  • Provide inputs on systems indicators relevant to project performance, and work closely with the M&E Advisor to track project performance at project sites
  • Liaise and coordinate with the MOH, professional associations, civil society, CBOs, and technical working groups to devise strategies, policies, and approaches for improving health financing
  • Represent the project at external technical events, including conferences, webinars, etc.


  • Postgraduate degree in medicine, nursing/midwifery, or public health
  • Minimum of 10 years of combined professional experience in the public health sector, or in program management for international development projects, including field experience with large, complex, and integrated public health projects in developing countries
  • Proven experience in the successful implementation of health system strengthening and/or health financing projects
  • Demonstrated technical experience in one or more of the following areas: health systems strengthening, community health programs, malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, gender-based violence/child protection, maternal and child health, family planning/reproductive health, and/or clinical and critical care services
  • Working knowledge of, and prior experience with USAID awards
  • Proven ability to work with MOH personnel, local health staff, and other government officials, international partners, and other local stakeholders in the design and implementation of health programs
  • Experience working with faith-based organizations preferred
  • Ability to travel up to 25% of time annually; flexibility to be able to travel on short notice is highly desirable
  • Excellent team management, interpersonal, communication, and negotiation skills
  • Advanced cross-cultural sensitivity, including experience working and communicating with professional and support staff in a multicultural, multi-linguistic environment; ability to promote an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and French

LWR/Corus International is an equal opportunity employer (EOE). As such, Corus makes employment decisions and provides equal employment opportunity without regard to an applicant's or employee's race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity), national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state, and local laws. If you need a reasonable accommodation in the application or hiring process, please notify Corus's Human Resources department.

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